What is PSYC 1F90? Should I take it? PSYC 1F90 is the first year psychology course. It is a survey course, which means you will have the opportunity to learn a little from lots of different areas of psychology. PSYC 1F90 can be used as a Social Science Context Credit (see here for more information about Context Credits). PSYC 1F90 is required for all Psychology majors and for some programs other than psychology. Please check your program requirements or consult your academic advisor if you have questions about whether you are required to take this course. PSYC 1F90 is a pre-requisite for all upper year psychology courses except PSYC 2F23 (Statistics).
PSYC 1F90 is full but I need to take it for my program! What do I do?! Send an email stating your major and your student number to Tammy at PSYC1F90@brocku.ca and she will process an override to allow you to register. You won’t have choice about lecture or seminar times, so see questions 4 and 5 below about what to do if you are not happy with the times you are given.
PSYC 1F90 is full: I don’t need it but I’d really like to take it. Now what? Keep checking the system. If a space opens up, it will show up on the system and you can register. The more often you check, the better your chances of getting a space. We keep some spaces on hold for people who need the course for their programs. If those aren’t filled by the last week in August we will open them up for everyone, so that is a particularly good time to keep an eye on the registration system.
What if I don’t like my lecture time? You can sit in on whatever lecture works best for you even if it’s not the one you are registered in. The professor lecturing and content presented are the same across all three lecture sections. Attendance is not taken in lecture and we do not have in-class exams. You do not need to make this change on the registration system. Sometimes students see a space open in another lecture and drop the course trying to move. In the meantime someone takes the spot and the student is left without a place in the course. Don’t let this happen to you!
What if I don’t like my seminar time?If the only space in the course is in a seminar that doesn’t work for you, you should still register if you want to take the course. However, it is very important that you eventually get registered in a seminar that works for you and that you are able to attend weekly because a substantial portion of your course grade will come from your seminar attendance and participation. Watch for space to open up in another seminar that would work better and then use the “change secondary” option to switch seminars (don’t drop the course or you may permanently lose your spot!). If you are not able to change seminars by the time classes begin, fill out a “seminar change request form” (found on the PSYC 1F90 Sakai page) and put it into the psychology essay box directly across from MCB329. You will receive an email when the change is done. For the first couple of weeks of classes, if you are not able to attend the seminar you are registered in then pick a seminar that works for you to sit in on so that you don’t miss important information about the class project. It's critically important to attend a seminar, even if it's not the one you are registered in.
What are the required materials for PSYC 1F90? In August, we will send an email to students with the information about the required course materials and they will also be listed on the Brock Bookstore website.
Who do I contact if I have questions about the course? Tammy Stewart is the course manager for PSYC 1F90, and she can answer most of your questions about the course. Tammy can be reached at PSYC1F90@brocku.ca or 905-688-5550 x5048. Once the course begins we will let you know how you can contact our senior tutors and the course professors if you have questions about course content.
Where can I find more information about PSYC 1F90 (details about assignments, readings, deadlines, etc)? On the course Sakai site you will find the course syllabus, assignment descriptions, and lecture and seminar schedules. Before each lecture, we will post guided notes that are designed to assist with your note-taking. We also use Sakai to post updates about things that are happening in the course, so be sure that you are logging into Sakai and checking the information there regularly. The PSYC 1F90 site should be available to you by the end of August.